Phrases

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Useful vocabulary for sunny days in Italy When going to Italy during the summer, some ‘seasonal’ terms can turn out to be quite useful for those who want to plunge into Italian culture, as well as into the deep blue Italian sea. By doing so, you'll be able to get familiar with local culture through language, and make the most of a lovely holiday. It is unlikely not to find anyone speaking in English in touristic spots, especially if you visit well known locations, nevertheless, learning some
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
How to express opinion, agreement, disagreement, advice and suggestions in Italian   Expressing an opinion, agreeing or not with somebody, giving or asking for advice are all common, everyday actions, which are described in Italian, as in every language, by a special vocabulary. Here are some of the more common.These espressions will help you to enrich your vocabulary and the more you practice them, the better you master them. Ascolta! = Listen! (Imperativo)Capisco....= I understand/ I
Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
christmas vocabulary italy
  If you  have decided to come to Italy around Christmas, there are some words and expressions you absolutely need to know and recognize: from albero di Natale to presepe, our typical decorations for this time of the year, to the names of our best loved seasonal cakes and sweets, from the characters who make our Christmas a real Christmas, to the most typical events of the period, here comes our –almost!– complete Italian Christmas dictionary to
Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
English communication in Italy Io no speak English is the title of an Italian movie reflecting the conditions of a lot of Italians who can't speak English very well. It is simply a film, but what is the real situation about Italians speaking English? Nowadays English is regarded; in Italy, and worldwide, as the most important language for international communication; that is why Italians try hard to learn it, sometimes with unfortunate results. Some people manage to understand and be
Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Dating conversation During a date is sometimes difficult to start a conversation, as it may require more confidence than usual: if you are out on the town together, it means you probably like each other already, but a good chat may help to get to know each other better. Generally speaking, being at the center of a conversation may be rather uncomfortable: this happens to people who are from the same country, let alone those who are from different ones and do not even speak the same language!
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Describing an object or an animal in Italian is relatively easy, but things get a bit more complicated when you're looking to describe a person. When talking about a person it's not just appearance you have to worry about, but describing other factors like character, temperament, behavior and so on.   Describing Character Use adjectives and idiomatic expression to describe a person's character. Che bel caratterino che hai! = What a temper! Egli è di carattere aggressivo = He is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Grocery shopping in italy Shopping in Italy can be quite a pleasant activity no matter what you are seeking, even in the cities. Often, simply strolling the streets will yield surprising outdoor markets and specialty stores, as well as larger grocery stores, or supermarkets. In these stores you can use coupons and buy larger quantities, but the local markets are more colorful and full of human interaction. Below is a series of short conversations between a shopper and various staff, managers
Friday, June 1st, 2012
When the moon hits your eyes like a big pizza pie, that's..............? You most probably know thats' Amore Mp3 Audio:  It look's like you don't have Adobe Flash Player installed. Get it now.Frasi di aiuto - Help AudioPlayer.embed("mp3player_1", {soundFile: "../mp3/love_phrases.mp3"}); Italian love phrases / love talk : Italian has to basic ways to show love :  Ti voglio bene - I care for you  mostly used for
Friday, June 1st, 2012
One great way to see Italy is by car. Not only will you be able to visit a multitude of spots, but you'll also have control over when and where you stop. Adding freedom and the open road to your Italy trip means a virtually perfect vacation.   Follow the link to RENT A CAR IN ITALY   Like in the United States, when renting a car in Italy you have to give a date you'll be picking it up and a date you'll be returning the vehicle. Most rental companies will allow you to pick up and drop
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Il comportamento cortese, la sua mancanza o le giustificazioni possono essere espressi con il linguaggio. Solitamente durante la conversazione affrontiamo diverse forme di saluto, quelle di congedo oppure certi modi che rivelano i rapporti fra gli interlocutori e possibilmente anche la cortesia. Le giustificazioni invece nascono dall'esigenza di chiarire il proprio comportamento, anche qui bisogna non esagerare per non finire nell'umiliazione di se stessi. Da qui nasce l'esigenza di usare
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Mp3 Audio: It look's like you don't have Adobe Flash Player installed. Get it now. Frasi di aiuto - Help   Learning Italian Frasi tipiche: Imparare una lingua in sostanza, significa imparare a risolvere in tempo reale i problemi che si affrontano durante la comunicazione. Così, usare le frasi corrette è una necessità. In questa sezione troverete il modo di imparare parole italiane, divertirvi e migliorare il vostro italiano. Imparerete una serie di frasi tipiche italiane
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Complaining in Italian / Lamentarsi o Esprimere Disappunto in Italiano Italians are an expressive people. To them love, happiness and even anger is meant to be shared. If you have a complaint while in Italy--whether you are returning something to a store or are unsatisfied with your meal--and want to voice it, here are some dialogues that should make the process easier for you. If you’ve bought something from a shop and found the goods to be faulty, damaged, or not as described when you
Friday, June 1st, 2012
I think pizza is the most popular dish around the world. Most people think pizza has Italian origins and this is mostly true, but the dish may have some very ancient roots, indeed. The Persians were probably the first to put vegetables on large slices of bread and it appears they introduced the ancient Greeks to the practice . This dish became then popular all over the Mediterranean, but it was only during the nineteenth century that a baker from Naples, Raffaele Esposito,   finally baked
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Mp3 Audio:  It look's like you don't have Adobe Flash Player installed. Get it now.Frasi di aiuto - Help AudioPlayer.embed("mp3player_1", {soundFile: "../mp3/politeness_2.mp3"}); Si ( yes ) No ( no ) Ciao  - helloBuono/a - good Buongiorno - Good day Buonasera - Good evevening Buonanotte  Good night Arrivederci - see you soonAddio - good by Bene - wellMale - badCome sta ?  How are you ? ( formal ) Come stai ?  How
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Durante la vostra permanenza in Italia, se vi ammalate potreste aver bisogno di andare in farmacia e chiedere delle medicine. Perchè il farmacista è il principale professionista della salute, ti aiuterà a trovare la medicina adatta al tuo disturbo. Per questo motivo, è utile imparare alcune parole o frasi da utilizzare quando si va in Farmacia. Forse potresti essere allergico ad alcune di medicine, quindi è molto importante specificare le tue allergie. Sotto, un tipico dialogo tra un cliente
Friday, June 1st, 2012
This is a sample conversation to give you an idea as to what phrases you'll need to learn in order to have a conversation in an Italian Post Office. I have attempted to make this conversation as natural as possible:   Impiegato Postale /Postal Clerk: Buongiorno, posso aiutarla? = Good morning, may I help you? Cliente/Customer: Si, vorrei dei francobolli, per favore = Yes, I would like some stamps, please. I: Di quanti ne ha bisogno? = How many do you need? C: 20 = venti I: Sono E.30,45 =
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Anywhere you are in the world you want to be able to express yourself. If you are happy or sad, satisfied or scared, you want to be able to let others know. Sometimes in your mother tongue it's difficult to find the words to say what you really mean and it's made even more difficult when you try to do the same in a language you are just learning. Italians, however, are all about expressing what they are thinking and feeling--in a big way--and so there are many handy expressions you can learn
Friday, June 1st, 2012
For many,  shopping is an integral part of a vacation and there aren't many places where you'll find better shopping than in Italy. Whether you're looking for clothing or souvenirs, shopping in Italy requires a certain set of phrases, learn these and your shopping trips will be a breeze! Here are some parts of a common conversation that occurs in a dress shop to help: come salutare in modo adeguato, corretto = appropriate greetings iniziare una conversazione = initiating the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Au-pair girl dialogSummer is just around the corner and for many young people the  biggest problem is : how to earn money, gather some experience abroad, and learn or improve another language at the same time.Working as an au-pair is the most economical way to live abroad: accommodation and often food will be included in your monthly allowance,you can work as an au-pair both on a long or short term basis and it's the perfect job to take up for the summer or even for your gap year,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Useful Phrases for travel booking in Italian If you are planning to come to Italy for business or on vacation, you may be interested in learning some key phrases in Italian so that you can not only book your trip, but also reservations for everything from a hotel to a restaurant. Keep practising these phrases until you feel comfortable with them, the more you practise, the easier it will become! While many Italians--especially the younger generation and those that work in tourist-centric
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The wide variety of banking services available nowadays forces us to learn useful vocabulary about banking operations and savings accounts, such as how to take out a loan and how to ask about the terms and conditions of the financial services offered. There are many definitions of a bank: in general, we can define banks as financial institutions whose basic purpose is to receive deposits and grant loans. More precisely, banks hold clients' money for safe-keeping in the form of deposits on
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Mp3 Audio:  It look's like you don't have Adobe Flash Player installed. Get it now. Frasi di aiuto - Help   Season greetings, felicitations, thanks Merry Christmas – Buon Natale Happy New Year – Felice Anno Nuovo Happy Easter – Buona Pasqua Best wishes – Auguri Wish you luck – Auguri Happy holidays – Buone feste Happy birthday – Buon compleanno Happy name day - Buon onomastico Have a good trip – Buon viaggio Have a good time off – Buone vacanze Cheers – alla salute / cin
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Talking to your landlord   Do you need to rent an apartment in Italy? Check our real estate section. Hai intenzione di venire in Italia e vuoi affittare un appartamento? Sarebbe opportuno conoscere i rapporti che si stabiliscono tra il proprietario e l'inquilino = Are you going to come to Italy and do you want to rent an apartment? It would be useful to know the relations established between the landlord and the tenant. Questo articolo espone alcune importanti informazioni
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Learning how to cook isn't too difficult! I noticed recently a bunch of cusine programmes on TV. At any hour of the day you can learn new recipes, new foods and above all master chef teach you how to cook. They are very popular and people love them, because they find challenging to cook delicious food. As you know, Italian cousine is very apreciated around the world and everyone are curious about recipes and the popularity of delicious dishes has made known Italian dishes worldwide.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
If you are planning to come to Italy for business or on a vacation you may be interested in learning some key Italian phrases that will make booking a restaurant, trip, or theater ticket easy. In this case you will need to ask for what you are looking for. Just keep practicing the words and phrases below, until you are comfortable and they roll off your tongue easily. Repeat them aloud, over and over, until you'll speak them correctly and naturally. While this may seem difficult it's really not
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Viaggiare in Treno in Italia - Railway Travel in Italy In Italy, the train is a very common means of trasportation, and one of the most convenient ways to get around the country. I can't think of a better way to see Italy's great cities as trains link just about every city center. There are different types of trains by cost and speed, namely the Regionale, Intercity and Eurostar. The first is a local train and it is cheap and usually safe. This kind of train connects the smaller towns with
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Help and assistance phrases in Italian Learn Italian Help - Aiuto Help me - Aiutatemi It’s urgent - E’ urgente Call a doctor / an ambulance - Chiamate un medico / un’ambulanza Where is the ER? - Dov’è il pronto soccorso? Call the police - Chiamate la polizia Where is the closest police office? - Dov’è il più vicino posto di polizia? Where is the Italian consulate / embassy? - Dov’è il consolato / l’ambasciata italiana? Where is the toilette? - Dov’è la toilette? I’
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Words and Phrases to Help You at an Italian Hair Salon Sometimes there's nothing that beats a visit to a good hairdresser. Getting a great hair cut can bring you out of a funk or make you feel like a new woman--or man. I don't get haircuts often, but I do trim it regularly. I love that my hair stylist is always aware of the newest trends and she lets me know what's in and what's not. When at the hairdresser there are also tons of magazines that I can look through to find the style I want
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Dialogue: How to Buy Clothes in Italy When you are in Italy you will find many different types of shops, in fact great shopping is one of the many things that Italy is famous for. There are two main types of shops selling clothes in Italy, big stores and small or "medium" shops. Big stores are usually situated in shopping malls and they are normally chains of foreign brands like H&M, Zara and Berska. Department stores also count among the big stores. Of course, big cities in Italy are